- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Every now and then, the men of the Saints of Chaos Motorcycle Club leave their Harleys at home when they hit the road.

Instead, these tough guys with tattoos and leather jackets walk a 1 1/2-mile stretch of Harry Driggers Boulevard, picking up the trash cast at the roadside by inconsiderate bums. No need to thank them, said Pete Brack. They’re just doing their part as good citizens of the Golden Isles.

“We didn’t do this to gain attention,” said Brack, vice president of the Saints of Chaos. “We did it because we love this community and we care. It’s a way to give back to the community and it helps.”

The motorcycle club is one of numerous organizations that take part in the Adopt-A-Highway program through Keep Golden Isles Beautiful, a nonprofit group that aims to do just what its name implies. KGIB offers opportunities for organizations to adopt roadways and other public areas for quarterly clean up.

The Saints of Chaos adopted Harry Driggers Boulevard from Needwood Middle School to U.S. 17, and club members meet quarterly to walk the roadside and pick up litter.

KGIB provides the gloves, trash bags and orange safety vests. The club does the rest.

Saints of Chaos has been doing it for about 18 months now, Brack said. It is an opportunity for camaraderie among club members and they even make it a family outing.

“It’s good exercise and it’s also good bonding time for us as well,” Brack said. “We even take the kids with us. We talk, laugh, have a good time and pick up trash.”

On their most recent outing, club members found themselves caught in a heavy rainstorm.

“I mean the bottom just fell out,” Brack said. “We were half a mile from the cars and half a mile from the end, so we just finished it up. Actually, it really was a lot of fun.”

Their presence on the side of the road picking up other folks’ litter also sets an example, he said.

“They see us out here picking up and they start thinking,” he said. “You never know how you might deter somebody.”

At the very least, you litterbugs out there might want to hold off while the Saints of Chaos is on site. There is meaning behind the club’s name. The saint refers to St. Michael, the patron saint of law enforcement officers. Nine of the 10 members are law enforcement officers, either at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center or in local police departments, Brack said.

The club logo of a sword through a skull represents good guys catching bad guys, he said. They are protectors of the public when trouble arises.

“We live in a world of chaos and we’re the St. Michael,” Brack said of the club, which formed in 2010. “We’re here to help them out when they’re having a problem.”

Brack encourages other organizations to take the same road as the Saints of Chaos and get involved in KGIB’s adoption program.

“You sacrifice four days a year to go out and make a difference,” he said. “It makes a difference and you’d be surprised how many people driving by stop and tell us, ‘thank you.’ The more people involved in helping keep the community clean, the better. It’s a cool deal.”

The Saints of Chaos is among 111 groups that adopt highways or other public areas in Glynn County, said KGIB Executive Director Lea King-Badyna. The groups sign a one-year commitment to conduct clean-ups four times a year. KGIB places a sign naming the organization prominently on the area it adopts.

“Adopt-A-Highway volunteers like the Saints of Chaos are on the front lines of litter reduction,” King-Badyna said. “Their litter removal efforts are imperative to community betterment and their dedication is commitment in action.”

For more information on KGIB’s Adopt-A-Highway program, call 279-1490, or go to: http://www.kbgib.com/adopt-a-program.

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Information from: The Brunswick News, http://www.thebrunswicknews.com

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